SEMA Show Highlights: Wednesday, Nov. 3

Article reprinted from: Autobody News

Several events took place throughout the second day of the SEMA Show, on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

The day began with the Red Carpet Awards Breakfast, where several members of the collision industry were recognized; and the NHRA Breakfast, which included personalities from the world of drag racing.

Other highlights included the Gear Up Girl Networking Event and the SEMA Show International Happy Hour.

Car enthusiasts have the opportunity to see the largest collection of vehicles built by Chip Foose in a special section of the SEMA Show in the North Hall.

Some of the vehicles on display in the “Chip Foose Experience” include a ’56 Ford F-100 “FD-100” built for Foose’s “Overhaulin’” television series and the “0032,” which won the Grand National Roadster Show’s “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” award in 2000.

In addition, there are 60 of his design sketches, as well as several Ridler Award-winning builds, such as “Impression,” “Imposter,” “Grandmaster” and “Stallion.” Foose will visit the section during the show, meeting attendees and hand-drawing a new wheel design.

Additional celebrity appearances are also taking place throughout the week. On Nov. 3, attendees had the opportunity to meet Rich Evans, star of “Car Warriors” and “Motor City Masters;” Wayne Carini, American car restorer and star of “Chasing Classic Cars;” and Dave Kindig, from the MotorTrend show “Bitchin’ Rides.”

Another new feature in the North Hall this year is the “SEMA Electrified” section, demonstrating the latest innovations and solutions for electric vehicle (EV) platforms. There are about a dozen EV projects and products on display.

Some of the vehicles include a Solo by ElectraMeccanica, an electrified Trophy Truck built by new company Hypercraft to race in the SCORE Baja 1000 unlimited class, a 1966 Ford Bronco Roadster and Team Vesco 444 reVolt Systems‘ “Little Giant” streamliner, which broke the national Electric E3 record twice at the Bonneville Salt Flats in October.

Additional educational sessions took place Nov. 3 as part of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists‘ (SCRS) Repairer Driven Education series, including “Technology and Vehicle repair trends,” “The Art of War and Virtual Negotiation,” “Complete Understanding Of The Right Of Appraisal” and “Severing or Surviving the Loss of a DRP or Key Account.”

In addition, I-CAR and SCRS continued to host free collision repair and refinish discussions on the Refinish Stage #32145 in the Upper South Hall. All sessions will be recorded and available online at www.i-car.com/RTS.

For more information about the SEMA Show and to register, visit semashow.com.